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PARKS, SPORTS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION
SPORTS
GOLF COURSES

 

 

PARKS & RECREATION

Academy Park
Academy Park was dedicated in the spring of 1997 to all Purdue faculty in honor of their teaching and academic achievement. Situated just north of Stewart Center and the Memorial Union, the park offers a relaxing place to enjoy a break.

Purdue Horticulture Gardens
625 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-1296

Armstrong Park
S. 9th Street And Beck Lane
Lafayette, IN 47909

This community park is named after astronaut and Purdue alumnus, Neil Armstrong. There is plenty to do in this 26 acre park, including a large playground, paved trail, fishing pond, tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields and public restrooms, so it is appealing to all ages!

Columbian Park
Between Main and South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Administrative Office: (765) 807-1500

Zoo Office: (765) 807-1540
Aquatic Center: (765) 807-1531
Columbian Park has 63 acres and includes the 2nd oldest Zoo in Indiana, home to 190 animals. Another highlight of Columbian Park is Tropicanoe Cove Aquatic Center. On top of that, there is a picnic shelter, amusement rides, playground, open green spaces, and public restrooms.
Tropicanoe Cove is open Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day Weekend. Times vary by day.
Admission prices vary by age and day of the week. A price list can be found on the website.
Colombian Park Zoo is open from April-October. Times vary by season and can be found on the website. Admission is free, but certain things like train rides have a fee.

Celery Bog and Lilly Nature Center
1620 Lindberg Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 775-5172
Celery Bog is home to 185 acres of natural wetlands. There are miles of paved trails, some even with interpretive signs.

Tapawingo Park and Riverside Skating Center
Tapawingo Drive & Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 743-7465

This park is located right on the Wabash River. A walking bridge over the river is adjacent to the park. Home to Riverside Skating Center and 1.25 miles of the paved Wabash Heritage Trail, there are many opportunities to be active at this park.
Riverside Skating Center is open late fall to early spring, times vary by day of the week. Admission is $4. Skate rental is $2. Skate sharpening is $6.

Wildcat Creek Winery
3233 East 200 North
Lafayette, IN 47905
(765) 838-3498
Visit the tasting room located in an antique Hoosier farmhouse to enjoy their hand-crafted fine wines from local fruit. Tastings are FREE.
Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm
. Tours Sat, 1pm and 3pm; Sun, 1pm and 3pm

Tippecanoe Battlefield and Museum
200 Battle Ground Avenue
Battle Ground, IN 47921
(765) 476-8411

Tippecanoe Battlefield is the site of the historic Battle of Tippecanoe. Today, it is home to multiple picnic grounds and hiking trails, a nature center, a museum and a gift shop. Located just 15 minutes north of  Lafayette/West Lafayette.
Adults, $4; Seniors, $3; Children, $1
Every day except Wednesdays, 10am-5pm

 

SPORTS

Visit Purdue University Athletics for schedules of all Men’s and Women’s Purdue sports.
Tickets: (800)497-7678

Mackey Arena
900 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Tickets: (800)497-7678
Opened in 1967 and originally named Purdue Arena, the 14,123-seat multi-purpose athletic complex was renamed Mackey Arena in 1972 after Purdue alumnus and longtime athletic director Guy “Red” Mackey. Home to Purdue men’s basketball  and women’s basketball, Mackey Arena is considered by many to be one of the loudest arenas in the nation due to its domed aluminum roof.

Ross-Ade Stadium
938 Steven Beering Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Tickets: (800)497-7678
The Ross-Ade Stadium was the dream of two Purdue Alumni, David Ross (Class of 1893) and George Ade (Class of 1887). Together, they purchased 65 acres on the north end of campus on which to build a new football stadium. After years of fundraising, the stadium opened on the Homecoming game, November 22, 1924, and was aptly named “Ross-Ade” stadium in honor of its primary benefactors. The stadium’s original seating capacity was 13,500 with standing room for an additional 5,000. Six expansions over the years have brought the current capacity to 62,500. The field features the PAT, or Prescription Athletic Turf system. Developed by Purdue staffers in the 1970’s, the PAT system features a network of pipes connected to pumps capable of keeping the field playable, even during a storm dumping one inch of rain per hour. In 2006, the field became the first in the Big Ten to consist of a Bermuda grass surface. Just outside of Ross-Ade Stadium, between the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility and the Mollenkopf Athletic Center, sits “The Boilermaker”. An 18-foot, 5,400 pound bronze statue depicting a 19th century boiler room worker, “The Boilermaker” dons the jersey of a different player on the football team each football game weekend.
2012-13 Football Schedule

 

GOLF COURSES

Lafayette Municipal Golf Course
800 Golf View Road
Lafayette, IN 47905
(765) 807-1130
Located along the banks of the Wabash River, the Lafayette Municipal Golf Course is a public 18-hole course with a driving range, pro shop and snack bar. Open all year, call or see website for fees and tee times.


Birk Boilermaker Golf Complex

1300 Cherry Lane
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-3139
Two courses, both open to the public. Ackerman Hills is an 18-hole, par-71, championship golf course that sits quietly alongside Purdue’s main campus. Designed by Indiana Golf Hall-of-Fame Member Bill Diddle in the early 1920’s, Ackerman Hills is a traditional parkland-style golf course that works its way through mature trees and rolling hills.  The Kampen Course, a Pete Dye design, is an 18-hole, links-style, par-72 championship golf course featuring large bent-grass greens, fairways and tees. Book a tee-time online